Grant Submission: Feline Friends

Posted by Jennifer on August 8th, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Feline Friends
Shelton, WA

Hello, my name is Jennifer Weand. I am currently the Vice President on the Board of Directors for Feline Friends as well as a foster home for cats and kittens and a volunteer at our Cat House and Adoption Center. Feline Friends is a non-profit Cat Rescue Organization providing care for stray cats and kittens and securing permanent quality homes for them. We have been rescuing cats and kittens, primarily in Thurston and Mason Counties of Washington State, for over 10 years now.

We have many cats and kittens in our care but a few stand out as purrfect candidates for your Veterinary Care Fund Grant.
We have a very special cat named Colgate. He came to us as a stray from a neighboring county where he was living in a yard of an empty rental home. He was microchipped but neither AVID nor our organization were ever able to contact his owners. Colgate arrived in an upright vacuum cleaner box. When the box was opened the smell was so over powering and the first thing we noticed was the green goo coming out of both sides of his mouth. His teeth and mouth were a raw mass of infection. He has a disease which was causing his gums, mouth, and teeth to rot. We admitted him to the veterinary hospital immediately and he was set up for surgery the next morning. All of his teeth were removed and a large patch of dead skin in his pallet was removed as well. We hoped he would heal, feel better, and go on to lead a happy, healthy life in a new forever home. Unfortunately, his mouth has continued to re-ulcerate. This has happened several times now and he is currently living at the veterinarian’s office so they can closely monitor what he eats and provide dentist advised supplements to help boost his immune system. He is a great cat with a beautiful face, teeth or no teeth. He has even learned that he can carry around his ping pong ball in his mouth now since he doesn’t have any teeth. A grant of $2000 would go a long way in helping us determine once and for all what is wrong with his mouth, cure him, and get him into a forever home.
Oma Goodness is another one of our special kitties. We had a very exciting day a few weeks ago when a momma cat and her kittens were brought into our organization. We looked in the carrier and couldn’t determine where one kitten began and another ended. We were floored when we counted the kittens and realized that this momma had twelve kittens between one and two weeks old! They were obviously from two or three different litters, but for Oma Goodness they were all hers. Oma Goodness was immediately transferred to a foster home to ensure she had ample nutrition and where all the kittens could be monitored for proper weight gain. With close monitoring these last few weeks we are pleased to find she is taking great care of them. They are all growing and thriving and Oma Goodness is enjoying mother hood. In about 5 weeks we will have a very large vet bill with six male kittens, six female kittens, and Oma Goodness all needing to be fixed. We have a strict policy of not adopting out cats or kittens until they are spayed or neutered. Feline Friends believes strongly in doing our part of ending the pet overpopulation, and with the decline in the economy it would certainly help to receive financial assistance toward spay and neuter.

If you would like to hear more about what we do or about our wonderful cats and kittens please feel free to contact me via email or a telephone call.
Thank you for considering Feline Friends for you Veterinary Care Fund Grant.

Jennifer Weand
‘Saving one life at a time’

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